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CCBC Nursing Program Frequently-Asked Questions

Program Information Application Process Selection Process After Provisional Acceptance Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150) After Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

1. What are the admissions course requirements for the nursing program? a. General Education Requirements: SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication ENGL 101 College Composition I with a "C" or better ENGL 102 College Composition II MATH 111 Ideas in Mathematics or any other college Math course that meets general education requirements (except Math 131, 132, and 133) b. Program Requirements: SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology PSYC 103 Principles of Human Growth and Development BIOL 220* Human Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of "C" or better BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of "C" or better BIOL 230** Microbiology with a grade of "C" or better Total Credits

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* BIOL 110 may be a prerequisite for BIOL 220. The option to challenge or receive a waiver for BIOL 110 is available. Students planning to enter the nursing program should address this alternative with an academic advisor, case manager, counselor, or the biology department. **Microbiology (BIOL 230) must be taken prior to or concurrent with NURN 210.

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2. What are the criteria for admission into the nursing program? Students must achieve a GPA of 2.50 or higher, on prerequisite courses regardless of other college courses. The students' overall CCBC GPA (calculated from all coursework at CCBC) must be a minimum of 2.0. In order to progress through and graduate from the nursing program, students must successfully complete all Science, Math, English 101 and nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better. If you earned a D or F grade in BIOL 221 (A&PII) as your last grade in this subject, even if you are currently enrolled in the repeat, you are not eligible to apply for the nursing program. You must first replace the D or F grade with a passing grade. Once the new grade has been posted on your transcript, then you will be eligible to apply during the following admission cycle. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of the following 14 pre-clinical credits and academic requirements: a. BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of C or higher. BIOL 110 may be a prerequisite for BIOL 220. Eligible students have the option to challenge or receive a waiver for BIOL 110. Students planning to enter the nursing program should address this alternative with an academic advisor, case manager or counselor. b. c. d. BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of C or higher. ENGL 101 College Composition with a C or higher. PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology.

e. Eligibility for college math requirement (must meet the prerequisite for the college general education math requirement). f. Completion of pre-admission test (TEAS). Information about the test and the testing schedule are available at the nursing offices on all three main campuses, the case manager offices at Essex and Catonsville, and the Office of Selective Admissions on the Essex Campus. This test is required for admission into the program. Information regarding the TEAS testing schedule at CCBC may be found on the Selective Admissions website @ www.ccbcmd.edu/allied_health/index.html. g. The score received on this test is used in the selective admission process. The test is composed of four major areas: reading, English, math and science. Students who wish to purchase a study manual for the test may do so through http://www.atitesting.com or purchase one at a campus bookstore. Students may repeat the test only once per application cycle in an attempt to better their score. They will be required to pay for the test each time. The cost of the test is $35.00. The test is a timed "paper and pencil" test that will take approximately 4 hours to complete. Applicants to the RN program must take the test at either the Essex or Catonsville Campus. Applicants to the LPN program must take the test at the Dundalk Campus. Out of

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state students may take the exam at another ati testing site (www.atitesting.com) and request that the scores be sent to CCBC. 3. Which classes (besides the 14-preclinical credits) do you recommend I complete before entering the nursing program? The nursing program highly recommends that students complete Psychology 103, Sociology 101, Math 111 and Microbiology (BIOL 230) before entering the program. 4. What can I do to prepare myself academically and personally before entering the nursing program? Academically, the higher your GPA, the higher your TEAS score, and the more courses you have completed, the more you increase your chances of being admitted. We also recommend that you do not take a Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biology 220 and Biology 221) course and Microbiology (Biology 230) at the same time. The nursing program requires an enormous amount of time. We strongly recommend that you work no more than 20 hours per week. Your schedule must also be very flexible due to the required clinical hours. Students also need to pre-plan and evaluate how their family obligations, support systems, and financial obligations will be affected. 5. What is the sequence in which students should take their biology courses? BIOL 110 BIOL 220 BIOL 221 BIOL 230 Biology I: Molecular & Cell Human Anatomy and Physiology I Human Anatomy and Physiology II Microbiology

6. I have previously been enrolled in a nursing program (LPN, RN, BSN) and have taken clinical courses. Will I be able to transfer those courses for advanced standing in the nursing program at CCBC? Each nursing program is very unique. There is no standard answer for your question. This is a situation which would have to be directed to the nursing program director on a case-by-case basis. Students planning to make such a request should be prepared to present an official transcript listing the course(s) with grade(s) received, a catalog description of the course (s) and a syllabus which outlines the content of the courses (s). Effective with the spring 2007 admits, students who have failed out of a nursing program are not eligible to apply for admission to the CCBC RN program. Students who have failed out of a nursing program (including CCBC) are eligible to apply for admission to the practical nursing program at the Dundalk campus.

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7. Does CCBC offer the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)? Yes. CLEP is a series of examinations that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they know, regardless of where they learned it. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-byexamination program in the United States. CLEP exams are all 90 minutes long and are now administered only on computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam. With the exception of English Composition with Essay, the exams are composed of multiple-choice questions. The English Composition with Essay exam consists of a 45-minute essay section, which must be typed. Students interested in CLEP should visit the CCBC Essex Testing Center. At the Essex campus, the Testing Center is located in Building A, Room 215 or call 410-780-6901. For more information on the content and format of any of the CLEP exams, please visit http://www.collegeboard.com/clep. The College Level Examination Program test fee is $60 per exam. The CLEP fee can be paid using credit card or check/money order. The administration fee of $15 per exam is payable to CCBC by check/money order only. 8. How do I obtain information about challenge exams for General Education courses? Some departments have challenge exams for some of the general education courses. Contact the department chairperson for more information. 9. I attended a foreign college. How do those credits count? Foreign students must have their transcripts evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) ­ Office of International Education Services (http://www.aacrao.org). All courses must be the equivalent credit for the courses in the nursing program. For example Anatomy and Physiology I must be a 4-credit course and Psychology 101 must be a 3-credit course. 10. How does the Evening/Weekend program differ from the day nursing program? The Evening/Weekend program is currently offered only at CCBC Essex. Students are admitted once a year in the fall semester. The Evening/Weekend program is a full two years spanning the winter and summer sessions. The program courses are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings and clinicals are on Saturday and Sunday. After Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN150), the courses are usually 10 weeks long and they begin in mid-January and mid-July. It is highly recommended that students complete all of their General Education Requirements before entering the program. 11. Can a student transfer from the Evening/Weekend program to the day program and vice versa?

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Requests for transfer are considered on an individual, space-available basis. 12. Can a student in the nursing program transfer between campuses? Requests for transfer are considered on an individual, space-available basis. 13. What type of degree will I receive after completing the CCBC nursing program? CCBC's Nursing program prepares its graduates for Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure. Degree requirements include a background of pre-clinical courses followed by two years (4 semesters) of clinical nursing. At the completion of the program requirements, students receive an Associate of Science degree. This program is designed to prepare students to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses. The curriculum provides theoretical and clinical laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to work as members of a health care team. The program is accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing and by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 61 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y. 10006, 1-800-669-1656. As the result of articulation agreements, graduates who choose to continue their education in a baccalaureate program in nursing (BSN) may do so with no repetition of course work. Credits for both nursing and general education courses may be transferred to BSN programs offered in state colleges and universities and some private institutions. Graduates can also earn credit for nursing courses through challenge examinations. Students who are interested in earning a baccalaureate degree in nursing should consult an academic advisor or counselor in the Counseling Center and a counselor from the four-year institution of their choice to determine the best course sequence. 14. What is the difference between a Bachelor's and an Associate's degree in nursing? The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) RN licensing exam is required for all nurses. Both degrees allow you to sit for the NCLEX RN exam. After completing either program, a student can work in almost all areas of nursing. The baccalaureate programs place a greater emphasis on Leadership, Management, and Community Health Nursing.

APPLICATION PROCESS

15. Will I be permitted to apply for admission for both the LPN (Dundalk) and the RN (Essex or Catonsville) programs for the same semester? Yes. You must submit a separate application and pay the $15.00 fee for each program. Note that the LPN program only admits students once a year, in the fall semester. 16. Will I be permitted to choose first and second choices for programs and campuses; for example, first choice: Essex campus, fall day program, and second choice: Essex campus fall evening/weekend program?

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No. You must choose one campus and one program per semester. 17. As I near the completion of my General Education Requirements, when should I submit the Selective Admissions application? When you have obtained the required GPA of 2.50, have completed or are currently enrolled in the last of the 14 pre-clinical credits, and have met the eligibility requirement for college math. The 14 pre-clinical credits are: Biology 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits Biology 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits (You may apply for admission while you are enrolled in BIOL 221) English 101 College Composition I 3 credits Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits 18. What is the Selective Admissions application? Admission to the nursing program is a separate process from admission to the college. There is a separate application form for the allied health programs, including nursing. All Selective Admissions Applications for all of the credit programs in the School of Health Professions are processed and filed in the Office of Selective Admissions on the Essex Campus in Room J-101. Students must submit a separate application for each allied health program, e.g. nursing, respiratory care, practical nurse, for which they are applying. Check off the appropriate program option. Effective July 1, 2006, a $15.00 non-refundable application fee will be required for each application for each program for each semester. Submit the fee and the Selective Admissions Application to the Office of the Bursar on any campus. If you are not successful in your petition for admission and intend to reapply, you must submit a new application for the next admissions cycle. You must pay the application fee each semester you apply for admission. Send original copies of all external transcripts to the Office of Selective Admissions by the application deadline. External transcripts must be no more than one year old. All transcripts, CLEP scores, AP scores, and international transcript evaluations must be submitted by the application deadline. If you have not already done so, you must also send original copies of all transcripts, CLEP scores, AP scores, and international transcript evaluations to the Office of Records and Registration. Here are the addresses of the offices you will need: Office of Selective Admissions - Mail all external transcripts, CLEP scores, AP scores, CCBC Essex international transcript evaluations, and any other Building J, Room 101 documentation required by your program. 7201 Rossville Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21237

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Mail additional copies of external transcripts, CLEP scores, AP scores, and international transcript evaluations to one of these campuses: Office of Records and Registration CCBC Essex 7201 Rossville Boulevard Baltimore MD 21237 Office of Records and Registration CCBC Dundalk 7200 Sollers Point Road Baltimore, MD 21222 Office of Records and Registration CCBC Catonsville 800 South Rolling Road Baltimore, MD 21228

Mail the CCBC application and the $15.00 fee (if you are not already a CCBC student), and the Selective Admissions Application and the $15.00 fee to one of these offices: Office of the Bursar CCBC Essex 7201 Rossville Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21237 Office of the Bursar CCBC Dundalk 7200 Sollers Point Road Baltimore, MD 21222 Office of the Bursar CCBC Catonsville 800 South Rolling Road Baltimore, MD 21228

19. How do I obtain a Selective Admissions Application? You may pick up the form at Essex in the Office of Records and Registration (A-150), the Office of Selective Admissions (J 101), or the Admissions Office (A-120). At the Catonsville campus, applications can be picked up in the Admissions Office (K-204) or the Counseling and Advisement Office (K-200). At Dundalk, you may pick up the form in the Admissions Office (A107) or the Practical Nursing Office (G-105). You may call 410-780-6989 and ask to have the form mailed to your address. The application is also available on the School of Health Professions website as a pdf file. You must print this file from the website (www.ccbcmd.edu/allied_health) fill it out, and mail to the Bursar's office with the $15.00 fee. See # 20 for address of the Bursar's office. 20. When must a student submit the Selective Admissions application to be considered for acceptance into the day program? Admission into the nursing program is competitive and takes place for the day program in the fall and spring. The Selective Admissions application should be completed by March 15 for fall admission and September 15 for spring admission for optimal consideration. A new Selective Admissions application must be completed every semester that one chooses to make application for admission. The RN program does not accept late applications. 21. When must a student submit the Selective Admissions application to be considered for acceptance into the evening/weekend program on the Essex Campus? Admission into the nursing program is competitive and takes place for the evening/weekend program in the fall. The Selective Admissions application should be completed by March 15 for fall for optimal consideration. A new Selective Admissions application must be completed every

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semester that one chooses to make application for admission. The RN program does not accept late applications. 22. How many students are accepted into the program each semester? Enrollment is based on clinical site availability. Generally between 56 and 64 students are accepted on each campus for each fall and spring semester. Approximately 40 students are accepted for the evening/weekend program for the fall semester on the Essex Campus.

SELECTION PROCESS

23. What is the selection process? Once the application deadline passes: a. A folder is created for each applicant that contains the Selective Admissions application, the CCBC transcript (which shows courses you are currently taking as well as completed courses) and transcripts from other institutions. b. Selection is based upon the following items: Grades on the 14 pre-clinical credits and any other courses completed (which are required for nursing) are used to calculate a GPA. The minimum acceptable GPA is 2.50. Overall GPA on the courses required for the nursing program (general education requirements and nursing program requirements). The minimum acceptable GPA is 2.50. Score on the TEAS preadmission examination. (Beginning with the Fall 2005 applicants) Courses Completed at CCBC ­ Beginning with Fall 2005 applicants, applicants who have completed at least 16 credits at CCBC of nursing program general education requirements or pre-clinical program requirements will be given additional consideration in the selection process AP and CLEP Scores. Beginning with Fall 2005 applicants, students who elect to do a CLEP course or an AP course will be assigned a letter grade based on the CLEP or AP score and given corresponding credit for these courses in the selection process. Overall CCBC GPA for all courses taken at CCBC must be a minimum of 2.0. c. The Office of Selective Admissions staff reviews all the folders and each student is designated as "provisional acceptance", "not accepted", or "placed on a wait list".

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Students will be sent a letter of notification regarding their status approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline. d. Effective with the fall 2008 admissions, students who are accepted into the RN program will be required to reserve their seats by paying a non-refundable $200.00 "seat fee." This fee will be submitted to the Office of Selective Admissions as a certified check or money order and will be applied to the tuition payment for the first semester of nursing courses. Students who accept their seats and pay the fee, and then change their plans and do not attend the RN program at CCBC, WILL NOT be eligible for a refund of the $200.00 fee. 24. Will the notification letter regarding my application indicate why I was not accepted into the program? Yes, your letter of notification will indicate this information. To obtain additional information you should contact the Office of Selective Admissions (410-780-6112). 25. I am a student transferring Anatomy & Physiology I & II from another college and applying to the CCBC nursing program. I have noticed that Biology 110 is one of the required courses to enter Human Anatomy and Physiology I at your institution. What if I transfer from another school that does not require General Biology as a prerequisite? Will I have to take this class? No, you will not have to take General Biology to apply to the nursing program if you have already completed A&P I and II. 26. What can I do if I am currently taking a course that is required for admission to the program and I am presently attending another college? Most institutions post grades after the end of a semester. Therefore, official transcripts are not mailed in a timely manner. The Office of Selective Admissions staff will review the folders immediately after the end of the semester. Applicants who are enrolled in a required course at another institution should deliver either of the following documents to the Office of Selective Admissions at Essex as soon as possible and no later than June 1 for fall or January 1 for spring: a. an official transcript or b. a letter on institutional letterhead from their instructor indicating their final grade. 27. If I am accepted into the nursing program and decide not to attend that semester, what should I do? 28. You should immediately contact the Office of Selective Admissions in writing about your decision. It is important for applicants to be aware that the program does not hold your seat for the next semester. Students who accept their seats and pay the fee, and then change their plans and do not attend the RN program at CCBC WILL NOT be eligible for a refund

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of the $200.00 fee. You must repeat the application process to be considered.

AFTER PROVISIONAL ADMITTANCE

29. How soon after provisional acceptance to the nursing program must a student pass the Dosage for Nurses Course (NURN 005)? The student must enroll in and pass the Dosage For Nurses Course (NURN 005) before beginning the Fundamentals of Nursing course (NURN 150). Students are notified of the dates for the dosage course in their acceptance letter and at orientation. Students will also receive information about the textbook and other materials that they will need for NURN 005. The course dates and times are also listed in the college's Schedule of Classes. 30. How long is the test for Dosage For Nurses (NURN 005)? Each dosage exam consists of 20 questions and is administered during a 90-minute testing period. Students are offered up to 4 testing opportunities to pass the exam for NURN 005. 31. What is a passing score on the Dosage test? Passing score is 95%. 32. How often do nursing students take a dosage test? Nursing students take a dosage test before every semester begins. 33. Are students permitted to use a calculator for the Dosage test? Calculators are not permitted during dosage testing in Dosage for Nurses (NURN 005). Calculators are allowed during subsequent dosage testing during Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150) and other courses in the clinical program. 34. Where can I get materials to prepare for Dosage? The NURN 005 course text and any other materials that may be needed are available for purchase in the college bookstores on the Catonsville and Essex campuses. 35. Which CPR course are students required to take for Nursing? Also, where is this course offered? The CPR course required is Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers or its equivalent. CCBC Continuing Education and other agencies often offer the course. A website that will list CPR courses is http://www.marylandtraining.com. 36. Which hospitals and other medical facilities do you use for clinical rotations?

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We use multiple facilities to best meet the learning needs of the students. 37. How are students assigned to clinical sites? Random rotations are used, and we try to vary the types of facilities for each student. 38. What is the estimated cost for books, uniforms, and other equipment? The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) that is part of the application for admission costs $35.00. Approximate costs for NURN 150 are: books ($800), uniforms ($180), physical exam (depending on insurance $10-100), CPR ($40), Criminal Background Check ($50). During the program, the costs for textbooks vary from course to course. There is a testing fee of approximately $100.00 for each semester in the program. 39. What is the approximate cost of the criminal background check? All students in the School of Health Professions are required to participate in a criminal background check through a specified vendor. The fee is approximately $50.00. Detailed information is available at orientation and in the SHP Student Policy & Procedure Manual. 40. Do I need health insurance while I am enrolled in the nursing program? Yes, hospitals and medical facilities require all students to have health insurance coverage. 41. My health insurer requires that I be enrolled in school full-time. Is the nursing program full-time? Although the nursing program alone is not 12 credits each semester, students are required to attend more than twelve hours per week of coursework. If you need this verified, the nursing program will give you a letter that states the exact number of credit hours you are enrolled in that semester. Most insurance companies will accept this letter. 42. Is it necessary for nursing students to have access to a vehicle/have a car? Students are required to provide their own transportation to all clinical sites. Clinical days and hours may vary from course to course. Student preferences for placement in the clinical area should not be expected based on parking fees, car pool requests, etc. Parking fees that are incurred during the clinical rotation are the responsibility of the students.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING ­ NURN 150

43. What is the Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150) class and clinical schedule for day nursing students? The schedule will vary with the campus; however, you can expect to have class 1-2 days per week, clinical experience 2 days a week, and a skills lab experience one day per week.

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44. What is the Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150) class and clinical schedule for evening/weekend nursing students? Tuesday and Thursday lecture 6-8 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday Lab 8:15 ­ 9:45 pm Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m.-12 noon (clinical) 45. What is the skills lab? The skills lab is the Clinical Simulation Lab. It is an area set up as a patient care unit in a hospital where nursing students can practice skills and behaviors they will perform in the clinical area (i.e., assessments, dressing changes, injections, etc.). 46. Once students have begun Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150), when do they begin their clinical assignments? How often do students pick up patient assignments? Once students begin Fundamentals of Nursing (NURN 150), clinical learning experiences are scheduled on campus in the Nursing Skills Lab for the first three (3) weeks of the course. During weeks 4-6, students are assigned to a Long Term Care facility from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Hospital clinical rotations in the second seven weeks of the course are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students pick up patient assignments the evening before their assigned clinical day. Patient information is needed to prepare for clinical. 47. Approximately how much time is spent each week in Fundamentals 150, the Skills Lab, and clinical rotations? How much time is recommended for independent study/work? Class: 5-1/2 hrs. Skills Lab: 2 hrs. (minimum) Clinical Area: 8-10 hrs. Total: 15-1/2 to 17-1/2 hrs. per week Independent study: approximately 3 hrs. of preparation for every hour of class 48. How are students graded on theory, lab, and clinical assignments? Theory: The theory grade is a numerical computation composed of scores received for tests, quizzes, and required papers. A final grade of 75.00% or higher must be achieved in order to pass any nursing course. An average of 75.00% for the exam grade is required before the grades for quizzes, papers or presentations are included in the final course grade. Lab: Campus lab does not receive a specific grade. Students are evaluated on the performance of selected nursing interventions and must be successful to pass the course. Clinical: Students will receive a "P" for passing and an "F" for failing clinical. Students must pass clinical in order to pass the course.

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AFTER FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING (NURN 150)

49. What is the average number of credits a student carries each semester? Prospective students often ask how many credits they will be taking each semester. This information is often requested so that a student can devise a financial plan or to submit information to an employer for tuition reimbursement. Due to the sequence of nursing classes, the number of credits per semester can vary per individual. Prospective students can expect to carry the following approximate number of credits per semester: Semester First Second Third January or June Fourth Number of Credits 7 9 8 or 9 1 11 or 12

50. What kind of variations in class and clinical schedules can a student expect as they progress in the nursing program? The schedule will vary with the campus and the clinical course. However, you can expect to have class 1-2 days per week and clinical experience 2 full days per week.

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